03/03/18 5:57am

Columnist Lenn Thompson, second from right, at a panel at the USBevX 2018 conference.

If you’re a regular reader of this column, you might remember that one of my wine-related resolutions for 2018 was to do more speaking gigs to help spread the gospel of East Coast and, specifically, Long Island wine. Well, a couple weeks ago my family and I traveled to Washington, D.C., during the winter break. While most of our time was spent doing the typical touristy things — the memorials, the museums and the zoo — I spent half a day at USBevX 2018, a conference dedicated to “helping drive the quality reputation for Eastern and Midwest wine and beverage producers.”


02/28/18 7:15pm

A bottle of L’Orange, the latest from Martha Clara Vineyards. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Don’t let the name of this week’s Wine of the Week — Martha Clara Vineyards 2015 L’Orange ($28) — confuse you. Yes the wine is a coppery orange, but it’s not made from oranges. It’s 100 percent grapes grown in Martha Clara’s estate vineyards. The blend is 45 percent Chardonnay, 30 percent Pinot Grigio, 15 percent Gewurztraminer and 10 percent Viognier.  (more…)

02/19/18 11:11am

Need a new, fun night out idea this winter? Check out Grace & Grit’s cocktail pop-up at the Bridge Lane tasting room in Mattituck.

So far this winter they have hosted two events at Bridge Lane and the third will be held March 31 from 6 to 10 p.m.

The menu includes signature cocktails by mixologist Joe Coleman. Drinks range from a Smoked Old Fashioned to a fruity El Mai Tai. Coleman also incorporates Bridge Lane wine into some cocktails. (more…)